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Speed enforcement system set up at Sideling Hill cut for construction project

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) has deployed an automated speed enforcement system on Interstate 68 at Sideling Hill where road construction work is taking place.

The speed enforcement area spans one mile east of Mountain Road to the Sideling Hill Rest Area in Washington County.

After a 21-day warning period, Maryland State Police said they will authorize citations beginning Monday, October 16.

If a vehicle is recorded traveling above the posted 70 mph speed limit, a citation with a $40 fine may be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, police said.

The enforcement is part of a one-mile project to stabilize slopes in both directions at the Sideling Hill Rest Stop area, known as the “cut.”

Work includes installation of permanent rock fall barriers along the interstate, removing and replacing traffic barriers, clearing loose materials from existing ditches and from the eroded slopes, cleaning of inlets and pipes and sign upgrades. The project should be complete next summer, said state officials.

Contractor Carl Belt Inc. of Cumberland is performing the work. Intermittent lane closures may occur during the project. Work will take place behind the barrier wall with little impact on traffic.

Portable variable message signs, temporary traffic signs and barrels guide motorists through the work zone.